High Demand For Broadband In Remote Centres

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 14:24



People in northern communities that only recently got access to high-speed Internet service are signing up for it in higher-than-expected numbers.


A total of 35 communities, mostly reserves, were connected to high-speed from late 2004 to late last year under the Northern Broadband Network project.


Partners in the initiative include the Keewatin Career Development Corporation and the Prince Albert Grand Council.


PAGC spokesman Andrew Douglas says organizers expected to get 800 subscriptions within five years, but notes there were already 928 sign-ups by the end of December.


Douglas says residential customers, especially youth, are fueling the demand in these remote communities.